In Times of Crisis: U.S.-Japan Civil-Military Coordination for Disaster Relief Missions

October 28, 2008

Tokyo, Japan

Organized by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA)
Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University

Supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

session 1
session 2
session 3
session 4
  • Session 1

    CMCoord Trends in the United States and Japan — NGO Perspective

    Purpose: to update participants on recent civil-military coordination (CMCoord) developments in each country (and at the United Nations) and to discuss the relevant differences and similarities (and likely future course) of these trends. 


    • Ms. Kaoruko Seki (Special Assistant to the Police Commissioner, UNMIT)
    • Mr. Noriyuki Shiina (Program Coordinator, Operations Unit, Japan Platform)
    • Mr. Brian Grzelkowski (Senior Policy Advisor, Mercy Corps)

    Key topics:

    • Taking stock of current international standardization of CMCoord policy instruments
    • UN priorities for CMCoord training
    • Understanding the extent to which there are national characteristics to CMCoord and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses
    • Sharing lessons learned from the most recent disaster relief operations
  • Session 2

    Building Useful US-Japan NGO Connections for Disaster Relief Missions

    Purpose: to describe the current state of interaction and collaboration between U.S. and Japanese NGOs in the area of disaster relief and related activities and to identify productive ways to strengthen these connections.


    • Mr. Rabih Torbay (Vice President, International Operations, International Medical Corps)
    • Ms. Rika Yamamoto (Chief, Programming Unit, Peace Winds Japan)

    Key topics:

    • The potential value of U.S.-Japan NGO collaboration and how that compares to the current situation
    • Practical steps for improvement (bilaterally and multilaterally)
  • Bento Lunch

    Potential for Private Sector Role in Disaster Relief Missions

    Featured presenter: Mr. Brendan Kearney (Vice President, Civil-Military Programs, Global Relief Technologies)

  • Session 3

    CMCoord Trends in the United States and Japan – Military Perspective

    Purpose: review recent CMCoord developments within each country’s military, notable bilateral initiatives in this area, and how these correspond to regional / multilateral efforts (e.g., MPAT and ARF).


    • Major General Koichi Isobe, JGSDF (Vice Commanding General, Central Readiness Force, Japan Ground Self Defense Force)
    • Colonel Mark C. Losack, USMC (Chief of Staff, 3D MEB, III MEF, Marine Forces Pacific Command)
    • Dr. Tomonori Yoshizaki (Professor and Chief, 5th Research Office, Research Department, National Institute for Defense Studies)

    Key topics:

    • How to best balance national, bilateral, and multilateral initiatives to enhance CMCoord for disaster relief and related operations. 
    • Are there opportunities for specialization of the military role (e.g. lift, assessments, communications, or by disaster type)?
    • Sharing lessons learned from the most recent disaster relief operations
  • Session 4

    Building Useful US-Japan Military and Government Connections for Disaster Relief Missions

    Purpose: To evaluate efforts to date regarding the strengthening of allied cooperation in this area and discuss possible improvements.  Begin to examine as a group the similarities and differences between disaster relief CMCoord and CMCoord for peacebuilding operations.


    • Mr. Kanji Yamanouchi (Director, First North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    • Mr. Hiroaki Sano (Deputy Director, Overseas Disaster Assistance Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    • Ms. Kate Stone Legates (Humanitarian Assistance Advisor / Military, Operations Liaison Unit, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID)